Thursday, May 17, 2012

E.P.A. Appeals Coal Mine Ruling - NYTimes.com

E.P.A. Appeals Coal Mine Ruling - NYTimes.com: In a scathing decision in March, the United States District Court judge, Amy Berman Jackson, wrote that the E.P.A.’s unilateral decision in January 2011 to retroactively revoke the waste disposal permit for the Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County, W.Va., overstepped the agency’s authority. Her ruling paved the way for the mountaintop removal mining project covering 2,278 acres to go forward.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Solar Installers Offer Homeowners Deals, Gaining Converts - NYTimes.com


Solar Installers Offer Homeowners Deals, Gaining Converts - NYTimes.com

However, the approach does not work everywhere. Thus far, installation companies have been most active in states where the price of electricity from the utility is high and there are robust incentives, like California, Hawaii and much of the Northeast.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Birmingham's Freshfully opens Avondale market (slideshow, video) | al.com

Birmingham's Freshfully opens Avondale market (slideshow, video) | al.com: Everything in the store -- the fruits, vegetables, sauces, cheeses, meats and sweets -- are Alabama made. There is pimento or honey cheese from Belle Chevre in Elkmont, lamb steaks from Averiett Branch Farm in Sylacauga and Punk's Gourmet Pepper Sauce from Ashville. There's goat milk from Bulger Creek Farm in Notasulga and chocolate or regular organic milk from Working Cow's Daily in Slocomb. Or, if you need micro basil or green beans, the Owl's Hollow Farm outside of Gadsden provides a number of options.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Beltline splitting family property, or taking it altogether, in northern Jefferson County (gallery, video) | al.com

Beltline splitting family property, or taking it altogether, in northern Jefferson County (gallery, video) | al.com: JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama -- There's a stake with an orange ribbon on it plunked in a row of butter bean seeds freshly-planted in the garden of Margie Fay and Bernard Crawford.
Crews from the Alabama Department of Transportation left the stake at the Crawfords' home on Old Springville Road last week, a signal of surveys being done on the proposed route of the Northern Beltline. In a letter dated April 19, transportation officials notified landowners along the 19-mile segment of the proposed route between Interstate 59 near Clay westward to I-65 that they should expect to see surveyors out scouting the area where they expect to build the six-lane interstate connector.
"One of the saddest days of my life was when I looked out and saw the surveyors on my property," said Margie Fay, 85.
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Tuxedo Junctions and other famous places - al.com

Read this Wayne Flynt piece on the contributions of Alabamians to the jazz and the blues music Tuxedo Junctions and other famous places - ...